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Dream A Little Wedding Dream!

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In Color…

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(Photo credits ~ Top: Curtis Smith Photography, Bottom: Via Simply Seductive– Natalia Vodianova, We Heart It.)

Planning a summer wedding?  What refreshing colors will you be dreaming of?

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ndUTCp30UTC04bUTCWed, 22 Apr 2009 18:22:46 +0000 11, 2008 at 6:22 pm

For The Chocolate Loving Bride…

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…A Cocktail Reception Inspired By The Chocolate Martini!

This week, Polka Dot Bride featured an awesome inspiration board for a wedding inspired by the chocolate martini.  You know I’m all about chocolate martinis (it’s one of my favorite cocktails!), so I couldn’t help but share her creativity

Head on over to Polka Dot Bride right now to find even more ideas and inspiration for this yummy event…do so by clicking  HERE

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(Inspiration board created by Polka Dot Bride.  Photo credits:  Mariana Hardwick, Brides, Martha Stewart WeddingsBridesMy Recipes, The Fairmount Bride, Koko Blackktjean, Theobroma Chocolate Lounge, Jigsaw)

This would be a great theme for any wedding, especially one set in the Fall or Winter to warm and cozy things up a bit.  Besides, who doesn’t love a chocolate martini, right? 

Sometimes, I swear it would be a more peaceful world if everyone indulged in chocolate from time to time.  So go ahead – indulge in some chocolate.  Of course, drink responsibly!  Cheers!

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stUTCp30UTC04bUTCTue, 21 Apr 2009 07:30:35 +0000 11, 2008 at 7:30 am

Cotton Candy Cocktails & Drink Garnishes Galore!

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More From My Sister’s Bridal Shower…

Looking for ideas to quench any bridal thirst?  For the bridal shower we recently hosted for my sister, we decided to have a little fun with the cocktails and beverages by dressing them up a bit! 

Take a look…

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(Majority of photos thanks to Denise Johnson of Bellis Studios)

Previously, I showed you the fabulous customized Jones Soda bottles we served.  Well, as if they weren’t adorable enough, we also decorated straws with white paper confetti flowers for guests to drink with!  I cannot take all of the credit for that idea, however – as the crafty ladies over at Prim & Pixie originally inspired me to create with images of their butterfly straws.  It seemed like an easy enough DIY project, so you know I had to do it!

Beverages also included a pink grapefruit champagne punch and a bowl of mimosasFlutes were rimmed with pink sugar and filled with cotton candy, which dissolved as guests poured their punch ~ for a little added sweetness!  We also created pink and orange beaded wine charms for each flute glass, with a heart-shaped charm in the middle that said, “LOVE”.

Keep checking back, as I’ll be posting more pictures and details from the bridal shower!  If you’ve missed the previous posts, you can find them HERE and HERE.  Cheers!

Customized Jones Soda Bottles…

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…Added Personalization & Pops Of Color To My Sister’s Bridal Shower!

Like the song by Counting Crows goes,Pass me a bottle, Mr. Jones…believe in me, help me believe in anything, I want to be someone…who believes…yeah…”, Mr. Jones did help me believe – in drinking really good soda

Yes, Mr. Jones helped me believe in everything pink, orange, yummy and fabulous!  With customized Jones Soda bottles in Fufu Berry, Orange & Cream and Cream Soda for the guests, it was indeed a sweet, refreshing treat!

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 (Pictures from shower thanks to Denise Johnson of Bellis Studios)

I love that Jones Soda allows you the option to customize your bottles.  It’s pretty simple – you just upload a photo, type in what you’d like the front of the label to say, then you type in what you’d like the back to say. 

For my sister’s bridal shower, we put, How sweet it is to be loved by you!” on the front, then the back of the label said, “It started with a kiss, so let us toast to this ~ sweet dreams and best wishes to the soon-to-be Mr. & Mrs!  Brock & Lindsay 2009”.

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 (Pictures from shower thanks to Denise Johnson of Bellis Studios)

Everyone was so excited to receive their own personalized bottle of Jones Soda, they had never seen anything like it!  I have to admit, they were pretty darn cool.  The pretty packaging definitely sold me at first, but the delicious taste is quite impressive too.  Everyone loved it!

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 (Pictures from shower thanks to Denise Johnson of Bellis Studios)

I’m not normally a big “pop” drinker, but after the shower was over and the soda was gone, I ran to my local Super Target to pick up some more.  I had to stock some of that yummy stuff in my own fridge!  Of course, I also kept one of the customized bottles from the shower as a little keepsake after I drank it, so it’s now proudly displayed in our kitchen!  I know, I’m a sentimental pack rat.

Now my sister wants to get customized Jones Soda for her wedding!   Since the soda comes in a variety of different colors and flavors, I definitely plan on using it for future events too.  Yay! 

If you love Jones Soda as much as I do or perhaps have never even tried it, you’re in for a treat, my friends!  Just visit www.jonessoda.com to find store locations or to customize your own bottles for your shower, wedding or other event.  They even offer a Jones Soda Weddings page filled with inspiration!  Cheers and enjoy…I know you will!

More pictures and details from the bridal shower to come…stay tuned!

Written by Jaime

thUTCp30UTC04bUTCSun, 05 Apr 2009 06:54:45 +0000 11, 2008 at 6:54 am

Caribbean Wedding Inspiration…

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…This Bride’s Wedding Style Is Jammin’!

Recently, Courtney contacted me looking for some Caribbean themed wedding inspiration, so I’ve decided to share my findings.  Brides, if you’re planning a similar wedding, grab yourself a margarita, sit back and enjoy some island inspiration!  In this first board, I put together some of the photos she emailed me…

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(Images emailed to me by Courtney .  If one of these images is yours, please let me know and I will gladly credit you.)

On her blog, she writes:

“An afternoon/evening sipping tropical cocktails and nibbling tasty Caribbean delights! The mood is enthusiastic among the varieties of orange and red flowers both in the garden and under the tent…the sun sets and the flowers glow even more radiantly than before. There is a tranquil blue that contrasts with the abundance of the fiery orange decor…calming our senses…the perfect combination.” ~  Wow.  Sounds amazing, Courtney! 

Check out part of her awesome save-the-dates, which she created herself!  So cool.  Her colors are a very vibrant red-orange and navy blue…love it!  I love her entire theme…which is why I couldn’t help but create a few boards…

Below, I’ve featured some unique ideas for festive decor, drinks and more.  Consider serving Red Stripe (Jamaican beer), pineapple martinis and creative drinks to add a little bit of Caribbean flair!  Why not take it a step further and apply the Red Stripe labels over glass votives?  Just take the labels off the bottles by placing them in hot soapy water.  Once it’s soaked for a bit, gently peel back the label.  You can then Modge Podge it to your glass candle holder

Hang placecards from flowers elegantly hung with string!  Or, use small wooden ladders decorated with big, bright paper flowers for a Caribbean market feel.  Hang brightly colored party lights all around to set the mood, along with candlelight.  Adorn your cake with tropical flowers and use baby pineapples for the place settings

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(Photo credits:  First row ~ Lazy Bride BlogThe KnotFlickr.  Second row ~ Hostess Blog, photo sent via Courtney, The Knot, Lazy Bride Blog.  Third row ~ Flickr, The Knot, photo via Courtney, Etsy seller NightOwlCraftWorks, The Knot.  Last row ~ Save On Crafts, Weddings The Island Way, Lazy Bride Blog,  Etsy seller SpiceBerryCottage.)

Courtney was hoping to somehow turn her pink pineapples into centerpieces.  Ideas?  Carve the centers out of your pineapples and place a tealight inside.  You could also cut the tops off and scoop out the center to make room for a pillar candle.  Or, simply line them down the middle of the table with votives and rocks all around the bases.  Another bride offered her pineapple palm tree idea on Twitter…what a sweetie!

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(Photo credits: Mishka Designs, The Knot, Birch Design Studio in Chicago)

For her bridesmaids’ bouquets, she has chosen pincushion proteas, ginger, red-orange dahlias and red-orange ranunculas.  Bride on a budget?  Choose more affordable flowers for the tables.  Find out which ones are local and in season, to help you save big by clicking HERE.

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(Photo credits:  First row ~ Photo via Courtney, The Knot, photo via Courtney, Hostess Blog.  Second row ~ Save On Crafts, Urban Outfitters, The Knot, Urban Outfitters, Emilie Duncan.  Third row ~ The Knot.  Last row ~ Hostess Blog, Save On Crafts, The Knot, Save On Crafts.)

One last thing I can’t help but share…pineapple shaped cookies!  I’m all about the cookies!  Did I mention I love cookies?  Ok, sorry…I know, going a little cookie crazy here but how sweet would these be as favors for guests?  I especially love that palm basket weave box.  Too adorable…

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(Cookies from www.honolulucookie.com)

 Hope that helps, Courtney!  Happy planning my dear…I’m off to go dream about pineapple cookies and becoming a local on some fabulous island…husband in hand, of course.  Cheers!

Pretty Drink Decor Ideas!

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Give Your Guests That Butterfly Feeling…

The creative gals over at Prim & Pixie have shared with us some ideas to pretty up those cocktails for your big event

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(Images via Prim & Pixie)

Dress up your party pitchers by hanging labels with lovely ribbon.  Hosting a bridal shower or planning a wedding?  Give guests that butterfly feeling in honor of the ones you received when you first met your fiance…remember that feeling?  I know, it’s pretty awesome.

This would be an easy DIY project!  First, head over to your local craft store and pick up some cardstock or stationery in the patterns and colors you wish.  Find a stencil you love so you can draw out the butterflies or objects of your choice, onto the paper.  Once you have your first page drawn up, stick the cardstock into your printer and make copies of the objects drawn out. 

Once you’ve finished making your copies, cut them out, fold them in half and cut 2 small slices in the middle.  Open them up, slide them over your straws and wa-la!  Perhaps you could ask your friends or family to help you with this project too.  Then serve a “test round” of cocktails to your helpers and let them be the first to enjoy that butterfly feeling

To see more photos from this Pixie Party, click HERE.  Cheers!

Written by Jaime

thUTCp31UTC03bUTCFri, 20 Mar 2009 09:48:07 +0000 11, 2008 at 9:48 am

Sexy Registry Idea…

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…A Newlywed Bar!

Brides, this is one registry idea your guy might actually get excited about registering for!  If you’ve got your heart set on finding the perfect bar for your home, why not look at these beauties from Crate & Barrel?   After your wedding, once you’re all settled into happy married life, have your friends or family over.  You and your fiance can play bartender!  Here are two of my favorites:

 

(Top:  Sloane Leaning Wine Bar (I love the option to buy just the one piece or how you can put several together to fill your wall).   Bottom:  Steamer Bar Cabinet)

Guests can pitch in together to either buy your bar or help you build it.  I’ve seen many wedding showers done around a wine or bar theme, where each guest brings a bottle of liquor to create a full bar for the couple.  Liquor can get expensive if you’re buying it all yourself, so I think this is such a creative and fun idea!

Whether guests pitch in for a nice bar, purchase a bottle of liquor or even add some cool things for your bar such as shakers, pourers, strainers, mixers and sugars, you can thank them later by inviting them over for your next soiree as a married couple, after the wedding!

Looking for more cool things to register for and other ways to help you build your bar?  See this week’s guest blog post I wrote on the Wishpot Wedding Blog by clicking HERE.  Cheers!